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Building Blocks That Blink, Beep & Teach

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together ...

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Google Tries to Upstage Apple with Latest Devices

October 16, 2014 9:08 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and ...

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New iPads, Mac System Expected at Apple Event

October 16, 2014 9:02 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also ...

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Success for 2nd Station Spacewalk in 2 Weeks

October 16, 2014 8:53 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts replaced a failed electrical unit at the International Space Station on Wednesday, restoring full power to the orbiting lab.The space station had been operating since spring with only seven of its eight solar-power ...

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Perfect Torque Distribution for Safe Driving

October 15, 2014 5:29 pm | by TU München | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Center (FZG) at the TU München have developed a ...

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Weather History 'Time Machine'

October 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Michael Price, San Diego State University | News | Comments

During the 1930s, North America endured the Dust Bowl, a prolonged era of dryness that withered crops and dramatically altered where the population settled. Land-based precipitation records from the years leading up to the ...   

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World's Thinnest Electric Generator

October 15, 2014 4:56 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material ...   

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Robotic Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 15, 2014 4:51 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of ...

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Interface Designs Benefit from Specialist Support

October 15, 2014 1:30 pm | by Jayco | News | Comments

Interface design is increasingly impacting the success or failure of electronic products, but a well-designed interface is no easy thing to get right. Given the complexities involved in interface design it is no wonder that today’s product ...

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Solar Robot Keeps Solar Panels Shining

October 15, 2014 1:08 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

Solar panels can get filthy, so to keep them clean Stefan Hamminga designed the Scrobby Solar, a panel cleaning robot ...                     

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BAAM System Offers Industrial-Sized 3D-Printing

October 15, 2014 12:57 pm | by Cincinnati Incorporated | News | Comments

Cincinnati Incorporated reinvented laser cutting of sheet metal when it introduced the first machine with flying optics and dual pallets in 1986, followed by its high-speed linear motors in 1996. The company is now ...  

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Cree Achieves Production Milestone with U.S. Department of Defense

October 15, 2014 12:48 pm | by Cree | News | Comments

Cree has achieved a major production milestone with its recent accreditation as a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Trusted Foundry for its 100 mm RF GaN facility in Durham, NC. Granted through the Trusted Access ...   

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Flexible Circuits vs. Traditional Printed Circuits

October 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by John Talbot, Tramonto Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Because of their position in the worldwide printed circuit market, flexible circuits are still a mystery to a lot of electronic product developers. Questions are brought up frequently about their electrical capabilities ...      

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Method Reveals Unique Capabilities of 3D-Printing

October 15, 2014 12:01 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional ...   

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Using Light Frequencies to Sniff Out Deadly Materials from a Distance

October 15, 2014 11:55 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has issued a solicitation for proposals responsive to its Spectral Combs from UV to THz (SCOUT) program, which seeks new capabilities for highly sensitive remote detection of multiple biological or chemical agents in liquid or ...  

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